The vampires in the hit 1987 horror film The Lost Boys may have been immortal, but the actors behind the characters did have to grow up eventually. From the devilish David and his bloodsucking crew, to the two brothers Sam and Michael just doing their best to survive in sunny Santa Carla, where are they now? Read on to find out, and if you're looking for even more The Lost Boys cast and film content, be sure to also check out our lists of behind-the-scenes stories, fun hidden details, and best quotes from this summertime classic!
In real life, the deadly charming David, leader of the lost boys, was one of Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland's earliest roles. Since then, he's had plenty of time to build an impressive career for himself. He's perhaps most well-known for his work in the '90s on films like Flatliners, A Few Good Men, and The Three Musketeers. In the 2000s, he focused on smaller festival films and TV, where he notably played Jack Bauer on the critically acclaimed television series 24. From 2016 to 2019, he starred in ABC's Designated Survivor as the reluctant president Thomas Kirkman.
His life is eventful outside of his acting career as well. He was briefly engaged to Flatliners co-star Julia Roberts (before she became romantically involved with his Lost Boys costar Jason Patric, AKA Michael); he accepted an invitation to give an anti-torture speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point (this after the dean expressed concern over and disapproval of the patriotic depictions of aggressive interrogations in 24); he's a two-time rodeo champion (specifically in roping); he's released two country albums (with several music videos); and he's a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism. In short, he's a busy man.
Behind Paul, the vampire with the most glorious hair, was actor Brooke McCarter, who, unlike the rest of the cast, was never primarily an actor at all. He preferred to wear other hats in the entertainment industry. John Belushi's biographical film Wired (1989) was his last onscreen role before he went on a two-decade acting hiatus in which he wrote, directed, composed for, and produced other films. He even managed The Lost Boys costar Corey Haim for a time, writing and directing the young star's biographical documentary Me, Myself and I (which was admittedly poorly received for seeming staged and not acknowledging Haim's at-the-time widely discussed health issues).
In the latter half of that hiatus, he skipped out on Hollywood altogether, opting for a relatively normal life working in telecommunications while raising his daughter, appearing at horror conventions with his Lost Boys costars to meet fans, and touring the US making music as a drummer, before finally returning to acting in 2009.
Sadly, he passed in 2015 at the age of 52 from a rare genetic liver condition called alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency.
Dwayne - Billy Wirth
Billy Wirth is perhaps most widely known for his role as the dark and mysterious vampire Dwayne, but he did keep acting afterwards, appearing in the 1993 film Body Snatchers and in shows like Tales from the Crypt, Charmed, Sex and the City, and, most recently, Godfather of Harlem. He's also produced a number of films, including 2001's MacArthur Park, which he also wrote and directed. Outside of acting, he briefly made music in the '90s, as a part of the rock band Dust N'Bones.
His personal life is relatively private, and he's expressed being slow to take up social media, preferring to interact with fans in person rather than over the internet. He has also toured horror conventions with his Lost Boys costars.
Alex Winter is fondly remembered for his role as wide-eyed Marko (the first vampire to perish when he gets staked by the Frog brothers in his own lair), but the greatest source of his fame and success came two years later with the smash-hit comedy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, where he played the Bill to Keanu Reeves's Ted. This film went on to have two sequels - Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey in 1991 and Bill & Ted Face the Music in 2020.
Still, his real love is working behind the camera, as he's directed, written, and produced many more films than he's acted in. He even directed music videos for Ice Cube and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His specialty may be documentaries, where he's covered subjects like politics, child actors, and, most recently, the life of Frank Zappa. He has also expressed a particular interest in internet culture, freedom, and privacy, having made films documenting Napster, the deep web, Bitcoin, blockchain, YouTube, and the darknet's Silk Road.
In 2018, strengthened by the Me Too movement to tell his story, he revealed that his preference to work behind the scenes rather than perform on camera was in part motivated by harm he experienced as a child in the entertainment industry, stating, "I had extreme PTSD for many, many years, and that will wreak havoc on you," and going on to advocate for better protections for child stars.
Today, he continues his directing career to great success, and has a family of five between him, his wife, and his three children.